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Staton issues statement on ECU football

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East Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton looks over on the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 20, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

With East Carolina football still seeking its first American Athletic Conference win of the season and many fans in Pirate Nation upset with the results by third-year coach Scottie Montgomery and the Pirates, ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton released a statement late Wednesday afternoon saying that an assessment on football will come at the end of the season.

ECU is 2-7 this year, 0-6 in the AAC, heading into Saturday night’s home finale versus Connecticut. After that, the Pirates play at Cincinnati and travel to N.C. State to finish their fourth straight losing season on Dec. 1.

Montgomery has an 8-25 record at ECU. His highlights include wins over N.C. State (2016) and North Carolina (this season), but his record also is marred by a 3-19 mark in conference games.

“While we are aware of the speculation concerning leadership of our football program, it would be inappropriate to address it during a time when our student-athletes and coaches deserve everyone’s unequivocal support,” Staton said. “An assessment of the program will be made at the conclusion of the season. This program relies on the passion of our fan base and a commitment administratively that will enable the team to be in the best position possible to succeed with minimal distractions over the next three weeks.”

A few teams nationwide have already announced firings of their football coach, including at Louisville and Kansas.

Staton and special athletics adviser Dave Hart also are leading ECU’s search for a new athletics director. Staton said after the AD search committee’s first official meeting on Nov. 2 the goal is for the search to be completed by the end of the football season.

The Pirates parted ways with former AD Jeff Compher in March.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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